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Dr. David Allan Beck, D.D.S.

Prosthodontist

Dr. David Beck is a prosthodontist practicing in Richmond, VA. Dr. Beck specializes in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists maintain oral function, comfort and the appearance and health either with the natural teeth or the replacement of missing ones with maxillofacial tissues and artificial substances.
Dr. David Allan Beck, D.D.S.
  • Richmond, VA
  • Accepting new patients

What is the life of a tooth implant?

Dental implants have proven themselves a reliable method of tooth replacement. Many, many implants perform for more than 20 years without danger to the patient. Few if any dental READ MORE
Dental implants have proven themselves a reliable method of tooth replacement. Many, many implants perform for more than 20 years without danger to the patient. Few if any dental restorations achieve this. The most important predictor of success is not the implant but the patient. If the individual is in constant need of dental treatment due to medical, home care or chronic illnesses issues the implant may have a shorter life. Most implants that fail do so due to biologic factors (chronic inflammation, periodontal disease, excessive biting forces, etc) rather than material factors (implant fracture, etc)
An implant does not relieve the patient of maintenance responsibility.
The implant in a suitable patient will almost certainly "last " 10 years often many more.

Is there any medication to prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride, plaque control, and control your sugar consumption.

What are my options for having a missing tooth replaced?

Missing teeth are replaced with a "fixed" prosthesis (secured in your mouth - to teeth or implants) or a removable prosthesis (removed by the patient to allow adequate oral hygiene). Fixed READ MORE
Missing teeth are replaced with a "fixed" prosthesis (secured in your mouth - to teeth or implants) or a removable prosthesis (removed by the patient to allow adequate oral hygiene).
Fixed prostheses are attached to the remaining teeth if they are healthy or to dental implants if the patient has adequate bone for implant placement and is healthy. Attaching to teeth increases the risk of problem arising with those teeth somewhat. The best way to have a full set of teeth is to care for the ones nature gave you.
Removable prostheses (full dentures, partial dentures) are a useful method of replacing teeth and are generally less costly; they do not seal to the teeth like a dental crown and therefore allow food debris and plaque to accumulate between the denture and the teeth. This increases the risk of decay and periodontal disease affecting and damaging the teeth.
Removable prostheses are cheaper but more cumbersome; fixed prostheses are less intrusive but more expensive.
Both increase the patient's obligation for home care and regular professional care.

Other than braces, is there a better way to close the gap between my teeth?

The teeth can be moved together with some kind of orthodontic appliances (braces, Invisalign, others) or the teeth can be made bigger to fill the space with bonding, veneers, or READ MORE
The teeth can be moved together with some kind of orthodontic appliances (braces, Invisalign, others) or the teeth can be made bigger to fill the space with bonding, veneers, or crowns.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Practice meticulous oral hygiene

How do you know when you need a dental crown?

When your tooth is damaged beyond the "reach" of dental filling material (composite, silver amalgam alloy). Also, if the tooth is going to be used to support some kind of dental READ MORE
When your tooth is damaged beyond the "reach" of dental filling material (composite, silver amalgam alloy). Also, if the tooth is going to be used to support some kind of dental prosthesis (bridge, removable partial denture).